This book is based on an in-depth conversation with Lee Smolin who is a faculty member of Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. The basis of this wide-ranging conversation are Lee Smolin’s books Life of the Cosmos and Time Reborn. This detailed discussion offers an investigation of time, both what it is and how the true nature of it impacts our world and future and provides behind-the scenes insights into the development of Lee Smolin’s groundbreaking theory on the nature of time.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Full Circle, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
I. Physics via Architecture - The power of Einstein
II. Justifying the Laws - Two possibilities
III. Collaboration - Physics meets politics
IV. Rolling Up Our Sleeves - Towards overcoming tautologies
V. Cosmological Natural Selection - Evolutionary details
VI. The Meta-law Dilemma - Harder and harder
VII. Scientific Impact - Implications, applications and responses
VIII. Making A Difference - The heart of the matter
About Ideas Roadshow Conversations:
Presented in an engaging conversational format, these books provide an accessible exploration of cutting-edge academic research while also revealing the inspirations and personal journeys behind the research. The books are accessible to a broad audience and informative in a way which stimulates curiosity and prompts further investigation.
Howard Burton holds a PhD in physics and an MA in philosophy, and was the founding director of Canada’s Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.